By Eva Bogdewic '17
Directed by Randolph-Macon Academy’s English and Theater teacher Kimberly Cramer, the R-MA theater company’s production of Once on This Island is radiant, invigorating, and powerful. The show, written by Lynn Ahrens, invites the audience to embark on a journey with the young, independent peasant girl, Ti Moune, as she follows her heart, takes risks, and puts the power of love to the test. With a colorful array of Caribbean music, a bright, skillfully crafted set, and a body of diverse talent, this production is an emotionally captivating sensory experience.
This production marks the revival and advancement of Randolph-Macon Academy’s theater program. For the past eight years, the troupe has been performing in the school’s “Little Theater,” a small, intimate but stifling black box theater nestled in the basement of the Melton Gym. This year, they have been promoted, returning to the gym’s assembly stage.
“The technical changes were challenging, but we were graced with the support of many diligent volunteers. Overall the transition is exciting, and it has enabled us to create an incredibly beautiful visual,” commented Mrs. Cramer. “I hope that the profound lessons of this vibrant production reach every member of the audience.”